Parable of The Sower Week 3: The Crowded Heart
June 30th, 2019

Mark 4:7, 18-19

Introduction

Well this week we’re going to talk about the ______ heart.

There’s an old saying that says whomever the Devil cannot make _______, he will make ___________.

Parable

The plant of our spiritual walk is _________ out by _______.

Crowded hearts are full of ________ from the path that God has for us.

The explanation

Things enter in

This _______ to our Christian walk is from things that belong ________ our heart, that we let get a __________ on our heart.

Thorns are part of the curse.

After Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit God cursed the ground in Genesis 3:17-19 and said “Both __________ and thistles it shall grow for you;

Thorns are part of the curse. They are a _________ of Man’s sin.

Thorns grow slowly

The process of these distractions gaining a hold on our heart can be __________, insidious.

Worries of the world

Sheep, not Oxen

Sheep are not __________ ____________ animals.

We’re not supposed to be loaded down with _____________

Recipe for Peace

In Philippians 4:6

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Children don’t worry because they’re ____________ for.

Lack of Trust

Worry is a great disturber of our Peace, and is at it’s heart, a lack of ___________ in God

Deceitfulness of riches

Riches aren’t necessarily a problem. __________ in riches is.

Riches make a Christian walk __________.

Desires for other things

The world is full of ___________ from our walk with God.

People think that they are too busy for ________.

Good things, not the best things

Even ________ things can be a distraction

What is the result?

Choke the word

Making things of the world the priority takes God off His throne in our lives

It de-emphasizes the importance of what God has to say

It _______________ the influence that the __________ and the _____________ should have.

Becomes unfruitful

The (super) natural result of sanctification is to produce __________.

Impede our walk

These distractions __________ our spiritual walk.

So what is the answer?

Weed the garden

Remove encumbrances

Let us also _________ every encumbrance, everything that hinders us.

Change our perspective

Let GOD have his ________ place in our heart, not these things.

Fix our eyes upon Jesus

Fix our eyes upon Jesus the _______ and ________ of faith

Crown of thorns

Jesus has paid the _______ to be our Lord and Savior on the cross, he has paid the price to __________ these thorns in our lives.





Parable of the Sower Week 2: Shallow Hearts
June 23rd, 2019

Mark 4:5-6; 10-12; 16-17

  1. Introduction
    a. Parables are profound ________ from God.
    b. Jesus knows that he has a second group of people in the crowd—those with ______________ hearts
    c. Jesus teach the Crowd to ________ them up, teach them profound things through what on the surface seem to be __________ stories
  2. We don’t make the Seed
    a. We do not __________ the seed
    b. Congregations are languishing under teaching that is more ______________ than scripture.
    c. Paul warns us Colossians 2:8 to: make sure that no-one takes us captive through __________ and __________ ___________, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.
  3. God values the seed
    a. God values his ______ above His _____
  4. The Shallow Ground
    a. these hearts are shallow soil, filled with __________
    b. Count the Cost of Discipleship
  5. In the Kingdom or outside the Kingdom
    a. This parable is not about ____________ destiny, it’s about _____________ of the heart when we hear the Word.
    b. Jesus is __________ that people will not understand
    c. Once we have the Holy Spirit indwelling us, God’s Word is ________ to us in a way unimagined before.
  6. The explanation.
    a. People ________ to fall away.
    b. Lack of growth comes with a _______ too.
  7. What now shall we do?
    a. Repent
    i. When we are confronted with our sin, we should _________
    ii. Repentance means to ________ from our wicked ways
    b. Get rid of the stones!
    i. “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the _____________ word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21).
    c. Re-seed
    i. ___________ in the Word of God
    ii. ___________ what it tells you to do.
    iii. Repeat.




Abraham: Father of Faith
June 16th, 2019

Hebrews 11:8-12

Introduction

Most people don’t think of Abraham as a ______ father.

Abraham’s Father

Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor served other ______. (Joshua 24:2)

The call of Abraham is inexorably linked with this idea of ______________.

Fatherhood starts with God

God was a _________ first before he was a creator of things.

God was the one that did the calling here. Abraham just _________.

By Faith, Abraham Obeyed

God calls us to ____________ ___________.

Abraham’s Fatherhood was centered on God

God is our God, not our _________ or ____________.

Abraham had a long-term plan for the future of his family

The best gift that you can give your family is to ___________ living for God and __________ them about God.

Faith is an example to our family

Sarah’s faith in the ________ of God, His character in being to keep His promises gave her the ability to conceive.

Father Abraham Had Many Sons…

Isaac

Through the father-son relationship between Abraham and Isaac, the Bible first uses the word ________ .

In this relationship that we most clearly see a picture of ____________ in the life of Abraham.

Nation of Israel

God made Israel a people through His ___________ and ___________ with Abraham and his descendants

All of Us

Because we’re ____________ descendants of Abraham, we can look at the Old Testament as well as New Testament in a very ____________ way.

Most importantly: Messiah

In ___________, God fulfilled His promise to Abraham over and above anything that Abraham could have imagined.

Do you think right now, that Abraham’s more proud of being the Father of __________, or the Father of ___________?!

Greatest Struggle; Greatest Blessing

It was through fatherhood that Abraham’s greatest __________ came and his greatest ______________ were realized.